BSc Medical Pharmacology

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Course Overview

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Pharmacology is the science of drugs, their actions on living systems and their effects on health and disease. Through work force and skills gap analyses, Pharmacology has been identified as a critical undergraduate degree, required to treat the current patient population and develop the medicines of the future.

Key Features

During your studies, you will also build on your knowledge and focus on one of three Employability Strands: Medical Science Research, Medical Science Enterprise and Innovation, and Medical Science in Practice.

Our Medical Pharmacology Degree will: 

  • cover a broad range of topics that underpin medicine including toxicology, genetics, reproductive biology, physiology, immunology, neuroscience, and drug development
  • skills and knowledge to work in a diverse range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, patent law, medical writing, research and academia


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 ***Students taking the BSc Medical Pharmacology are guaranteed an interview for the Swansea University Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh programme provided they have chosen the appropriate pathway within the BSc Medical Pharmacology,  performed satisfactorily on the course, and meet the minimum entry criteria for the MB BCh at the time they apply to it. ***




Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemistry of Life
PM-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics
PM-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-138Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Skills for Medical Sciences
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
PM-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology II
PM-147Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Dose Makes the Poison: Intro to Toxicology and Dose Response
PMC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Organic Chemistry: Structure, Transformation, and Energetics; an Introduction for Life Sciences.
PMC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Organic Chemistry of Functional Groups: Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism; an Introduction for Life Sciences

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biostatistics
PM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Metabolic Regulation: Enzymes & Signal Transduction
PM-249Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Immunology
PM-256Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communicating Medical Sciences
PM-257Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neuroscience
PM-261Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Pharmacology: Dynamics and Kinetics
PM-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Antimicrobial therapy and resistance
PM-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Cardiovascular System
PM-267Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Genes on Drugs: Pharmacogenomics
Optional Modules
Medical Science in Practice Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Doctors, patients & the goals of medicine
Medical Research Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary themes and techniques in medical sciences
Enterprise and Innovation Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AR-201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enterprise & Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-340Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Being a Medical Scientist
PM-341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Biology and the Environment
PM-342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advances in Pharmacology
PM-344The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Dec)40Capstone Project
PM-355Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drug Development and Regulation
Optional Modules


This course has been developed with 'Employability Strands' embedded within the course structure, students will be offered a choice of module options reflecting their chosen 'Employability Strand' (Medical Research; Enterprise and Innovation or Medical Science in Practice).

The 'Employability Strands' have been developed with student interest and the biomedical sciences skills gap in mind. 

  • The aim of the Medical Research strand is to prepare future research scientists.
  • The aim of the Enterprise and Innovation strand is to prepare future biomedical/pharmaceutical scientist entrepreneurs
  • The aim of the Medical Science in Practice strand is to prepare scientist graduates for application to graduate entry clinical careers, such as medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine

Entry Requirements

A typical offer will be AAB-BBB at A Level, to include Chemistry and one other STEM subject (i.e. science, technology, engineering, mathematics or psychology).

Applicants with alternative qualifications should attain at least 128 UCAS tariff points and will be judged individually on their own merit.  

If you are an International Student, please visit our International pages for more information about entry requirements.  

How To Apply

Course code: B210

Institution Code: S93

All applications will be scrutinised by an Admissions Tutor, who will take all elements of your UCAS application into consideration including predicted and achieved qualifications, your personal statement, your reference and your circumstances.  

If you wish to discuss your application, please contact Programme Director Dr Lisa Wallace: / +44(0)1792 602977

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,950

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

You will need to purchase a white lab coat and safety goggles prior to any practical classes.  These can be purchased on arrival at the University. 

Welsh Language Provision

There is an opportunity for non-welsh speaking students to enroll on our Welsh for Medicine 1 + 2 courses, that have been uniquely developed alongside Swansea Bay-Learn Welsh, to introduce basic welsh lessons for a healthcare setting. here will be support for any student wishing to learn more about Welsh language and culture as they live and study here in Wales.

Welsh speaking students have the opportunity to study a 50credit module in each year through the medium of Welsh - Doctor as a Professional 1-4. The Welsh provision within these modules include:

  • A Welsh speaking Academic mentor
  • Welsh medium tutoring sessions
  • Clinical Placements with welsh speaking practitioners
  • Clinical Placements in areas with a high percentage of Welsh speakers
  • Opportunity to complete long projects including Family Case Study, Living with a Diagnosis and Developing Professional Practice in Welsh.

Any prospective students can request to be interviewed in Welsh.

The Medical School is working toward enhancing and developing their Welsh language provision.

Students who choose to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh are eligible to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg Incentive Scholarship of £500 a year - the closing date is in May.

Academi Hywel Teifi offers an internal scholarship of £300 a year to students choosing to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh, or a bursary of £100 a year to students choosing to study at least 5credits a year in Welsh. These may be applied for on a yearly basis, at the start of each Autumn term.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heledd Iago - 

Funding opportunities

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